Board of Directors

Douglas Elliot (Chairman of the Board)

President, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

Douglas Elliot is President of The Hartford Financial Services Group. Before joining The Hartford in 2011, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of HSB Group (Hartford Steam Boiler), a subsidiary of Munich Re. He also served as President of Specialty Insurance. Formerly, Mr. Elliot was a senior advisor with Aspen Insurance Holdings, a global reinsurer and specialty line insurer. Prior to joining Aspen Insurance Holdings, he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Travelers, which he joined in 1987. In 2002, he was named Chief Operating Officer for Travelers Property-Casualty and in 2004 assumed the position of CEO of General Commercial and Personal Lines for St. Paul Travelers Companies. He has been a member of the Hartford Hospital Board of Directors since 2002 and is now Chairman of the Board. He has been a Hartford Hospital Corporator since 2000. He also serves on the boards of the UConn Foundation and the American Insurance Association and is on the executive board and is past chairperson of the MetroHartford Alliance IFS Cluster and a past chairperson of the Central and Northeastern Connecticut United Way Campaign. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut and is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business insurance executive program.

David R. McHale (Vice Chairman of the Board)

Executive Vice President, Northeast Utilities

David R. McHale is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Hartford-based Northeast Utilities (NU) System, New England’s largest utility system serving more than 2 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, western Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Mr. McHale assumed his current position in 2005. He is a member of NU’s Executive Committee, chair of the Enterprise Risk and Capital Committee, and chair of the Pension Committee. Mr. McHale joined the NU System in 1981 as a student intern in the Economic and Loan Forecasting organization. He became a full-time research analyst in Marketing and Consumer Economics in 1982 and joined the company’s Financial Planning group in 1986. In 1989, he joined the Treasury organization and was promoted to Manager of Investor Relations. In 1993, he was promoted to Manager of Project and Short-Term Finance and in May 1995 was named Assistant Treasurer. He was promoted to Vice President and Treasurer in 1998. Mr. McHale has a Bachelor of Science in economics from Southern Connecticut State University and an MBA in Finance from the University of New Haven. He is a graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Financial Management Program and Executive Program in Strategy and Organization.

Gregory M. Jones

Managing Principal, Corporate Development Group/Divestiture Partners, LLC

Gregory M. Jones is Managing Principal of Divestiture Partners, a Hartford-based corporate development and strategy advisory company focused on helping corporations, private equity firms, and government and non-profit entities execute unique divestitures and acquisitions. Mr. Jones assumed his current position in 2008. Prior to joining Divestiture Partners, Mr. Jones served as Division President of the Shock System/Industrial Group with United Technologies Corporation’s Pratt & Whitney Division from April to December 2008; President and General Manager of the Specialty Materials and Services Business Unit of Pratt & Whitney from 2004 to 2008; and Director of Strategy Development for Pratt & Whitney from 2000 to 2004. His earlier experience also includes serving as Vice President of Business Development for Bechtel in Chicago from 1997 to 2000, Vice President of Investment Banking for J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. from 1994 to 1997, and Vice President of Investment Banking for Lehman Brothers from 1987 to 1994. Mr. Jones has more than 20 years of experience in finance, strategy development, business capitalization and integration, planning and analysis, divestitures and acquisitions, and general management and has completed and participated in transactions in excess of $2 billion. He has served as a Hartford Hospital Corporator. He earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in public management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science from Morgan State University.

Joanne Berger-Sweeney

President, Trinity College

Joanne Berger-Sweeney was elected the 22nd president of Trinity College in 2014. From 2010 to 2014, she served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University. Previously, she was a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College, where she rose through the ranks to become the Allene Lummis Russell Professor in Neuroscience. Her teaching and research career at Wellesley spanned 13 years prior to her being named associate dean in 2004. She also served as director of Wellesley’s Neuroscience Program. Ms. Berger-Sweeney received her undergraduate degree in psychobiology at Wellesley, her master’s in public health in environmental health sciences from the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. in neurotoxicology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She completed her post-doctoral training at the National Institute of Health in Paris, France. She has authored more than 60 scientific publications and held grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and numerous private foundations. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She chairs the professional development committee of the Society for Neuroscience, serves on the board of directors for the AFS Intercultural Programs/USA and is a trustee and chair of the Academic Affairs Committee for Framingham state university.

Rebecca Lobo

Sports Analyst, ESPN

Both on and off the court, Rebecca Lobo personifies success. As the 1995 Consensus National Player of the Year, Ms. Lobo led the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball team to its first national championship. In 1996, she won a gold medal as the youngest member of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team before embarking on a successful seven-year WNBA career. In 2001, Ms. Lobo and her mother, RuthAnn, founded “The RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship in Allied Health” at the University of Connecticut to encourage diversity in the health professions. Ms. Lobo retired from the WNBA in the fall of 2003, was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010, and today works as a television analyst, author and motivational speaker. She has served on the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees since 2004 and joined Hartford Hospital’s Board of Directors in 2013. She is married to Sports Illustrated columnist Steve Rushin. The couple lives in Connecticut with their four children.

James Loree

President & Chief Operating Officer, Stanley Black & Decker

James M. Loree is President and Chief Operating Officer of Stanley Black & Decker. He joined Stanley Black & Decker (then Stanley Works) in 1999 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) after 19 years with General Electric Company. Mr. Loree was named Executive Vice President and CFO at Stanley in 2002 and Chief Operating Officer in 2009. As CFO, he had responsibility for investor relations; tax; treasury; accounting; audit; operational finance; supplier management; information technology; and business development activities, including strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions. Since 2002, Stanley has almost tripled in size with more than 50 acquisitions, including the landmark acquisition of Black & Decker in 2010. Stanley Black & Decker is a $10 billion Fortune 500 company which has outperformed the S&P 500 on a three-, five- and 10-year basis. Prior to joining Stanley, Mr. Loree’s career with GE spanned a multitude of assignments and industries, including leading financial and operational audits of GE’s global businesses, advising the company on global business strategy, and serving as CFO of one-third of GE Capital’s numerous operating businesses. Mr. Loree received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Jeffry Nestler, MD

Connecticut GI and Medical Associates

Dr. Jeffry Nestler is a board-certified gastroenterologist and President of Connecticut GI, PC, (CTGI) a private practice consisting of more than 25 physicians and 9 mid-level providers with multiple clinical facilities throughout the state of Connecticut. He has served as the Managing Partner/Medical Director of the CT GI Endoscopy Center, LLC since 2000 and CEO/Medical Director of the Glastonbury Endoscopy Center, LLC since 2009. Dr. Nestler has been President of the Medical Staff at Hartford Hospital since 2009 and previously served as Vice President from 2007 to 2009. He currently serves as a Corporator at both Hartford and Day Kimball Hospitals. He has been a member of the Hartford Hospital Board of Directors since 2007. He has been the Director, Division of Gastroenterology at Hartford Hospital since 2002. Dr. Nestler also serves on a variety of professional committees, including the American College of Physician Executives and the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee (Connecticut Chapter) and maintains membership with the Connecticut State Medical Society, Hartford County Medical Association, American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterology Association. He has been recognized multiple times by Connecticut Magazine and Hartford Magazine as a one of the “Top Doctors in Connecticut.” (view his physician bio)

Magdalena (Lena) Rodriguez

President and CEO, Community Renewal Team, Inc.

Lena Rodriguez is President and CEO of Community Renewal Team Inc. (CRT), one of the largest community action agencies in the United States. Ms. Rodriguez assumed her position with the Hartford-based agency in 2005. Prior to her current position, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CRT from 1999 to 2005. From 1997 to 1999, she served as Director of Finance with the Division of Special Education for The New York City Board of Education. Her previous experience also includes serving as Principal Financial Analyst with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 1994 to 1999; Section Manager, Division of School Facilities, The New York City Board of Education from 1989 to 1994; and Assistant Director with the Division of Business and Administration and Assistant Accountant with the Division of School Facilities with The New York City Board of Education from 1987 to 1989. Ms. Rodriguez serves on the Capital Community College, Hartford Club and Central Connecticut State University boards and has served as a Hartford Hospital Corporator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bernard A. Baruch College in New York City and a master’s degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Hartford.

Andrew Salner, MD

Director, Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, Hartford Hospital

Dr. Andrew Salner has been Director of Hartford Hospital’s Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center since 1991. He also serves as the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Hartford Hospital and serves on numerous hospital, regional and national committees. He has been involved in Connecticut’s comprehensive cancer planning effort since 2001 and is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Cancer Partnership, which is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control for its comprehensive cancer planning and implementation. Dr. Salner also is Chair of the Nuclear/Radiologic Response Task Force of the American Society of Radiology. He has been a member of the Hartford Hospital Board of Directors since 1996 and a Corporator since 1987. He is a former Chairman and member of the Hartford HealthCare Board of Directors. Dr. Salner received his bachelor’s degree and M.D. from Brown University and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Hartford Hospital and a fellowship in Radiation Therapy at the Joint Center for Radiation Therapy at Harvard Medical School. (view his physician bio)

Westley V. Thompson

Retired Finance/Insurance Executive

Westley V. Thompson has been President of Sun Life Financial U.S. since 2008. Prior to this position, he served as President of Retirement Solutions at Lincoln Financial Group, which he joined in 1998 through the company’s acquisition of CIGNA Individual Insurance. In 2000, Mr. Thompson formed and built Lincoln Financial Distributors, the wholesaling distribution organization of Lincoln Financial Group. He was named president of the Employer Markets segment of Lincoln Financial Group in 2006. He began his career in 1979 at Aetna, where he held positions of increasing responsibility until joining CIGNA in 1994. He is a board member of LIMRA International, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Hartford and the Wadsworth Antheneum-Amistad Foundation. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University.

Stuart K. Markowitz, MD (Ex-Officio)

President, Hartford Hospital

Dr. Stuart K. Markowitz was named senior vice president of Hartford HealthCare (HHC) and president of the HHC Hartford Region, which includes Hartford Hospital, in September 2013. He previously served as Hartford Hospital vice president and chief medical officer and as chairman and medical director of the Department of Radiology. He also served on the Hartford Hospital Board of Directors and the board of directors for VNA HealthCare Inc. Dr. Markowitz also is an assistant clinical professor of radiology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He spent nearly 30 years in private practice with Jefferson Radiology and is consistently recognized as one of the area’s “Best Doctors.” Dr. Markowitz is board-certified in diagnostic radiology; received his Fellowship of the American College of Radiology; and is a member of the American College of Radiology, the Radiology Society of North America, the Society of Breast Imaging and the American Society of Emergency Radiology, as well as other national and local organizations. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from University of Health Sciences - The Chicago Medical School. He completed his internship and residency in radiology at Hartford Hospital. He currently lives in West Hartford with his wife Debra. Hartford HealthCare is Connecticut’s only truly integrated health care system. With more than 18,000 employees and $2.4 million in net revenue, the system offers the full continuum of care with five-acute care hospitals, the state’s first air-ambulance service, one of the nation’s top medical training centers, behavioral health and rehabilitation services, a large physician group and clinical integration organization, research facilities, skilled-nursing and visiting-nurse services, a laboratory system that spans the state, and a number of services for seniors, including senior living facilities. Hartford Hospital, with more than 7,500 staff members, is a leading tertiary medical center with one of only three level one trauma centers in the state. It is the main teaching hospital for the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Stacy Nerenstone, MD (Ex-Officio)

President, Medical Staff, Hartford Hospital

Dr. Stacy Nerenstone is a member of the senior staff of Hartford Hospital’s Department of Medicine and a member of the consulting staff for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is President of Oncology Associates P.C., a Corporator of Hartford Hospital, President of the Hartford Physician’s Hospital Organization and Vice President of the Hartford Hospital medical staff. She serves on the Hartford Hospital CEO Advisory Committee, the Hartford Hospital Cancer Center Executive Committee, and the Hartford HealthCare System Oncology Operations Committee and Strategy Council. She also is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Before joining Hartford Hospital in 2002, Dr. Nerenstone was a consulting physician at Windham Hospital, and prior to that, at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Her prior experience also includes serving as a senior investigator with the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Nerenstone is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. She is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She received her M.D. at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, where she received the Helen M. Sclarra Award in Neurology. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and her fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md. (view her physician bio)

Matthew Saidel, MD

Vice President, Medical Staff, Hartford Hospital

David K. Zwiener

Senior Partner, Dowling Capital Partners

Mr. Zwiener is a senior partner of DCP and chairman of the Investment Committee. He also represents DCP on the boards of Protector Holdings LLC and Elements Property Insurance Holdings LLC. In addition, he is a board member at Partner Re Ltd. (NYSE: PRE) and ING U.S. Inc. (NYSE: VOYA). During late 2008, Mr. Zwiener served briefly as chief financial officer at Wachovia Corporation. Prior to that, he was managing director and co-head of the financial institutions group of the global private equity firm, the Carlyle Group. Between 2000 and 2007, Mr. Zwiener was president and chief operating officer of the property and casualty operations at Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. In that role, he oversaw one of the 10 largest property and casualty insurance companies in the United States. He also served as chief financial officer at The Hartford from 1995 to 2001. Mr. Zwiener served as CFO at ITT Financial Corporation (1993-1995) and held various financial positions at Heller International, Kimberly Clark Corporation, Ford Motor Company and Mellon Bank. Mr. Zwiener received a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and an MBA from Northwestern University. Prior board memberships include CNO Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: CNO), Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: HIG), Hartford Life Inc. (NYSE: HLI), and Sheridan Healthcare (private).